Standard Revision: Fair Trade USA's Trade Standard
The public comment period for Fair Trade USA’s Draft Trade Standard is now closed.
Fair Trade USA thanks the many stakeholders who participated in the public consultation on the Draft Trade Standard, which ran from Sept. 11 through Dec. 7, 2018. We will now review and analyze all the feedback we have received, which will inform the finalization of the Trade Standard version 2.0.0. The final Standard will be published in early to mid 2019, with the exact dates to be determined based on the extent and content of feedback received during the public consultation. A summary of the feedback received as well as Fair Trade USA’s responses will be published alongside the final Trade Standard. The Standard will then be revised within five years of publication, in accordance with best practices in standard-setting.
In late 2017, Fair Trade USA began a review process to update our Trade Standard. The Trade Standard defines the requirements for supply chain partners that engage in trading Fair Trade Certified products. The Standard focuses on the role of traders in supporting the economic development of Fair Trade producers and their workers, and via traceability requirements assures buyers and consumers that the Fair Trade Certified products they buy were grown, harvested, manufactured, and traded in ways that improve lives and protect the environment. This revision is being carried out in order to ensure that the Standard continues to be relevant and impactful in all Fair Trade Certified supply chains, and to improve upon the clarity of existing requirements. The updated Trade Standard will apply to all supply chain partners globally, and all Fair Trade products, including agricultural products, seafood, and apparel and home goods.
The Draft Trade Standard that was presented for public comment was developed based off a review of learnings from the field and interviews with a selection of brands, trading partners, producers, and experts from across different product categories and supply chains. These consultations are part of Fair Trade USA’s commitment to integrate stakeholder input and to follow the consultation processes laid out in the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards.
The Trade Standard 2.0.0 aims to improve upon existing requirements to bring more benefit to producers and traders in the Fair Trade system and increase value and efficiency for all supply chain partners. As part of this revision, we have harmonized core trade requirements across Fair Trade USA’s three main product groups (agricultural products, seafood, and apparel and home goods), and customized guidance and/or special requirements by product or category to respond to specified needs. We have also added intent and clarification to each compliance criteria to improve clarity of requirements, and to be consistent with our other Standards.
Trade Revision Overview Presentation
An introductory video giving a basic overview of what the Trade Standard is, and how to participate and provide feedback to the revision.
Trade Standard Overview Presentation
An introductory video giving a brief overview of the intent and requirements of the Draft Trade Standard, highlighting some of the changes and key consultation areas.
Trade Project Plan
Includes information about our process, project activities, timeline, and objectives.
Draft Trade Standard 2.0.0
The Draft of the revised Trade Standard. It includes a summary of changes that were made, and consultation questions for you to consider are integrated into the document.
Requirements for Certificate Scope under the Trade Standard
Policy which defines the entities and activities which must be included in the scope of the Certificate, and thus the audit, under the Trade Standard.
Trade Standard Frequently Asked Questions
Provides more background and summary information on the Draft Trade Standard and revision process.